Norway to offer everyone second Covid-19 vaccine by end of August

Norway to offer everyone second Covid-19 vaccine by end of August
Somebody receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. Pascal GUYOT / AFP
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is planning to offer everyone the opportunity to be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer.

NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg said that everyone would be offered their second dose by summers end if everything goes as planned.

“It is possible and conceivable, and we hope to be able to offer everyone their second dose during the second half of August,” Director of the NIPH, Camilla Stoltenberg, told radio station P4.

This is despite the possibility of Norway dropping the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the country’s vaccination program.

On Monday, an expert committee set up by the government to undertake a risk assessment following suspected severe side effects after receiving the vaccine, such as blood clots, said that government should withdraw the two vaccines from its vaccination strategy.

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The plan is reliant on deliveries from Pfizer and Moderna arriving on time. The program will also be leaning on municipalities to be flexible with their vaccine appointments.

“We have been preparing for the summer for a long time, and the municipalities must be prepared too so that people can get vaccinated over the summer holidays.

We will work intensely throughout the summer to continue to have the high numbers of people getting vaccinated as we do now,” Stoltenberg added.

She has also advised people that they should be prepared to be offered both doses during the summer holidays.

“Be prepared that you can be offered a vaccine, both first and second dose, through the summer, so you should plan accordingly,” Stoltenberg said.

The NIPH has previously said it aims to offer everyone their first dose by mid-July.

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